After five battles it seems like the Gondorians came out just on top.With two minor and a major victory, against two major victories.
Although I did complete the Epilogue, the pyre of Denethor, a school-boy error in the game meant the result was inconclusive.
Now I'll go through some of the tactics that I learnt and tried to employ, some huge mistakes and points to be learnt from.
|Some struggles here|
Rather than trying to win smaller skirmishes in the corners of the field and deploying near them, Losing means enemy models will simply need more turns to reach objectives.
|Orc traffic through Osgiliath|
One of the mistakes here was that the objectives were unfairly placed, the orcs could get more easily to three of them, while the Men could only get easily to one of them.
|The Gondorians guard the palisade very thinly|
The line was too thin. So maybe a better strategy would be to try and hold the two keeps?
Bar the gate - Placing a group of men with Faramir at the gate to prevent any of the ladders getting through, would not only delay the ladders arrival at the walls, but give plenty of shooting opportunities for the archers and rangers
|Two-pronged attack on the sparsely numbered men|
Stubburn defence - If they defend the keeps, get a small contingent, 12 warriors plus two captains to hold the gate while the ladders are ferried through, use the contingent to shield the ladders approach to attack the main keep, the rest of the orcs attack the ruined keep.
Beregond was used as a proxy for Damrod, and the captain of Gondor for 6 warriors of Minas Tirith.
The defender needs to prevent the gate from being breached, the siege bow and ram will do it within 6-8 turns with no resistance, then Gothmog and the captains should easily kill any defenders at the gate.
|Orcs are ordered over to the siege bow assisting the |
lone crew-member in firing at the gate
The opposite are the pointers for the attacker if crew members are being constantly killed it will take nine or ten turns to get attackers on the ramparts.
|The archers fire on the ram-crew downing two of them,|
as they smash a small opening in the gate
Kill archers on the wall with the orcs. Fortunately the orc archers in my game killed all four of the rangers. Have a couple of orcs stationed as untrained crew in the case of on of the crew being killed. If you do get models on the ramparts, engage as many defenders as possible and draw archers into fights.
The easiest two objectives are to stay above 25% and to prevent 10 or more models getting behind the ramparts. If Faramir is saved in the knights charge then even better.
|The Knights charge takes more orcs out of the ladder carrying picture|
Holding up ladders - The knights although they are saving Faramir, can delay each ladder while they have sallied forth, they are little use behind walls. So by engaging ladders delays them by two turns minimum, assuming they are killed upon charging.
|The captain holding the ladders on the southern flank back|
|But the bolt thrower gets the last kill|
|The knights and rangers are almost eradicated, Gothmog orders his |
minions into the full assault with a clear stream of orcs coming to the field
Furthermore the returning orcs will be in small groups which are easier for archers and the defenders to deal with.
Half-out attack -The Mordor player needs to carry two-thirds of the ladders, four, and use the remaining orcs to shield them from the knights assault.
One of the mistakes here was that, a ladder carrier cannot fight after dropping a burden, unless charged, as several of the orcs broke this.
Kill the Trolls! - The main threat to the defender is the presence of trolls, two Mordor trolls should be used both for pushing the towers. If two trolls try to go through the gate, they will be stalled by the defenders and their own battering ram. Which if stopped a troll should try to break through the gate.
|Another ladder is dropped as the first siege tower reaches the wall|
|And ladders are thrown up. The witch-king shouts "Your staff is broken", |
but this is lost in the background battle noises
|The troll chief pushes down the gate, and through three men|
|The bolt thrower and archers volley, taking down five orcs. |
Gandalf casts a spell, lifting an orb of blinding light around the men nearby
Furthermore as a defender you want at least 24 warriors of Minas Tirith for the last two scenarios, as an attacker, try to have 50% of all infantry as morannons for all the battles.
Next time shall be some time over Christmas when the Face-off will be revisited once more...